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  1. pawsplus

    UPDATE: Returning to playing after 38 years

    DrRoadrash--do it! It has really stepped up my progress, if only due to abject terror. Having a definable goal has made me play outside my comfort zone, which has kept me moving forward I stead of stagnating. :-)
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    Ears ringing in pit orchestra

    I haven't noticed this, but I do use my "Tunable" app, which helps keep my intonation honest. :-)
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    Ears ringing in pit orchestra

    This thread has been useful for me. I have started practicing with a mute and got eat plugs for orchestra rehearsal so the brass players don't blow me into next week. :-)
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    Stupid violinist questions

    Thanks! This was very illuminating. Hope I didn't start The Great Purfling Crack Debate of 2018. ;-)
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    UPDATE: Returning to playing after 38 years

    I've been focusing on the hard parts. Fear, remember--fear! :-)
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    Stupid violinist questions

    I'm fascinated by what you guys do, but only know violins from playing them. So bear with me . . . I was wondering if purfling has a purpose other than ornamentation. Does it do anything to the sound? If so, what and how? I have seen you guys talking about integral bass bars. Are those carved directly into the violin, versus being glued on after the top is carved? Which is better and why? Thanks for alleviating my curiosity. I will ask more stupid violinist questions in future as they occur to me if that is OK.
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    UPDATE: Returning to playing after 38 years

    LOL--Yeah, it was a lot like that, although a concert would have been way worse! I attended one rehearsal without my fiddle, figuring I was going to have to audition, and I wouldn't be ready for THAT for months, so I was just checking things out and offering to help as librarian, etc. But everyone was all, "WHAT?? You didn't bring your violin??!?!" I was essentially shanghai'd. And now I would feel terribly guilty abandoning the seconds. I just hope the other 2 feel the same way and don't leave me twisting in the wind one day! I really was kind of panicking, and it WAS bad that first time, but the sky didn't fall just b/c I sucked, and I sucked less last night, so . . . . I'm looking at it all as a Good Thing. God knows abject terror caused me to practice some pretty tedious second violin parts A LOT the past week.
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    UPDATE: Returning to playing after 38 years

    Hi all -- You were all so nice when I originally posted about my return to the violin after so long away, so I wanted to update this thread. :-) I joined a community orchestra a few weeks ago, and last night was my second rehearsal. The first one was pretty hairy. I HAD practiced, but at the time, I was planning for my first concert to be the one in August, so I was mostly practicing that music. Then I realized that if I was going to attend July rehearsals at all, I'd need to know the July music, so I desperately started on that as well. In addition, I convinced my good friend, who had a long professional career (from which she is now largely retired) to accept the position of concertmaster with the orchestra--they wanted someone really good to help pull the strings together. And there are only 2 second violins w/out me. All of this meant that I pretty much HAVE to play in the July concert now. Anyway, that first rehearsal I was very much a deer in the headlights. Even bits I'd practiced I had a hard time playing under pressure. I reassured myself with the idea that surely this was as bad as it would be--it would get better. And it did! Last night I played SO much better, and it was my friend's first rehearsal with us as concertmaster, and wow that made a difference. I could hear her way over in the seconds, and I could tell that she was just pulling all of us along with her. :-) There are still fast bits I'm cheating on, but most of the time I was really playing! I'm serving as orchestra librarian as well, which is what I did way back in Youth Orchestra, so that's fun. My lessons are going well, too. My teacher is about 25 LOL, but I really like her and she's willing to work on whatever--orchestra music or the Bach A minor, or whatever I want to do. So all in all, much progress is being made! It's still frustrating sometimes, but I get past that and can definitely see that I'm getting what chops I had back, albeit slowly. Thanks to you all for your support!
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    Alternatives to e string parchment

    What is wrong with just using the little plastic tube thing that comes with the E string? :-)
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    Oil smell in luthier's

    It's probably a much overlooked aspect of salesmanship. I, who have no money to spend on another violin, despite my own not being fancy, found myself actually looking halfway seriously at the violins in the flavorful shop, even though there are just as nice ones in the usual luthier's where I take lessons once a week. Cinnabon apparently did a ton of research on what makes people want a cinnamon roll and they intentionally blow those smells out into malls to force people to get their products. I can testify that it works with violins as well!
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    Interesting modern American fiddle

    What a great story! I'm sure you made her day, too. :-)
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    Oil smell in luthier's

    OK. I know that the luthier I go to touched up my violin's varnish (just some small exposed areas, thanks to my whacking it on things when I was a kid ). But the whole shop doesn't smell like it. I also wondered if the luthier with the smell did it on purpose. As I said, they have very fancy displays and it's altogether more "staged." The smell might, perhaps, add to the overall ambiance in the same way chocolate chip cookies baking are a good idea at a real estate open house. ;-) It worked for me.
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    Oil smell in luthier's

    Ah, OK. No, the place where I take lessons is THE luthier's in town. He has rooms where local teachers teach lessons--he does not. But he does not make violins anymore--he used to, but has so much repair business that he has no time, and, he told me, he has to think of his family. Making fine violins a takes a long time and it's not always easy to sell them. The repair work is steady. That said, the other (smelly) place doesn't make violins either, to my knowledge. But maybe I'm wrong about that. Linseed. That was the smell. What is that used for?
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    Oil smell in luthier's

    I was at a local luthier's hanging posters for our orchestra the other day. The place smelled amazing--like some kind of oil. I'm familiar with tung, as I use it on my wooden kayak paddle, and it wasn't tung, but something similar. Danish oil?? It smelled great, but it confused me. Violins are not ever oiled, are they?? I am regularly in another luthier's, as he did the work on my violin and I take lessons there, and there is no such smell there. Any idea what that could be, or why? As an aside, this place was beautiful--spacious, well laid out, with violins (nice ones, not just student fiddles) displayed effectively, with labels about provenance, etc. Some on the wall, some in velvet boxes. There was a special room just for people to try instruments privately. Much fancier than my usual luthier's. It made me wonder if the smell might just be for effect?
  15. I would rather just listen. Watching her wears me out and I honestly can't really hear her play because she's too distracting.